Although I am a member of the nightshade family and related to the potato, pepper, tomato, and eggplant, I am actually a berry. Native to Mexico I have been cultivated since the Aztec civilization. I am about one inch in diameter and most often picked when green. I will ripen to a yellow or purple when ripe. My feel is firm and my skin is always glossy as I am protected by my orange/brown-purple veined cape. My cape is so spectacular that it is often peeled back decoratively for décor. My taste is somewhat acidic and some say I have hints of lemon, apple, or herb flavors. I am most popular in Mexican cooking, used fresh in salads, salsas, guacamole, gazpacho and the famous mole-verde sauce. I am and excellent source of potassium while also providing good sources of vitamin C, Magnesium, and niacin. As a pharmafood I can reduce fever, remedy rheumatism, and act and a cleansing agent.
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